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Often times, I wake up with an amazing, yet fleeting glimpse of a dream I had. I would like to recollect those events I had in my dream, and try to adopt ways to better remember those dreams.

There are a few (random) ways that I have tried, but I would like to know if there are studied ways of accomplishing this.

How can I easier remember my dreams and record them for the future?

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You may try Melatonin or some meditation / Astral Teas (Mugwort, Chamomile, Passionflower, Calamus, Gingko Biloba, Catnip, Liquorice, Peppermint and Stevia) for lucid dreaming. Be more relax, any stress won't help you in remembering your dreams. If you focus more awareness on them, think they're real or learn how to medicate, it'll help further. Everybody is different and everybody has its own consciouness/awareness. –  kenorb Sep 18 '14 at 13:26
Is there any evidence for any of this? –  user6682 Sep 18 '14 at 19:44
@kernorb comments are for comments. It sounds like you've provided an answer, so it's best to place such things in the "answer" box. By doing that site users can then vote on whether your answer is reasonable (i.e., does it provide evidence for its claims, etc.). –  Jeromy Anglim Sep 19 '14 at 5:13

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There is a lot of information on 'dream recall' related to research on lucid dreaming. For some quick information, I would take a look at Wikibook's page on Lucid Dreaming/Dream Recall.

I have tried some of these techniques, and I found that what has worked for me in the past was

  1. trying to write down everything I can as soon as I wake up
  2. lying in bed, not moving, and just letting my mind wander over what I could remember (this usually helps other memories about the dream pop up)
  3. doing this consistently every day.

The last one is the most important, you really notice that if you are consistent you start remembering more and more when you wake up. I highly recommend the book "Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming" by Howard Rheingold and Stephen LaBerge. It was the required reading for a Psychology of Dreams class I took and is based on a lot of cool research.

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Thanks for the answer and the cool link, but I wondering if there are written studies or more scientific research on this subject? –  unclepete Aug 18 '14 at 20:54

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